Rain garden workshop and native plant sale

Rain Garden Workshop – May 21

Thanks to Heather Bean for this post:

Did last summer’s torrential rains find their way into your basement or flood your street? Consider planting a rain garden: a plot of native flowers and grasses strategically placed to absorb stormwater runoff. These little gardens can suck up a surprising amount of water: up to one inch of rain on your entire property. Rain gardens are designed to drain completely, so your backyard won’t be harbouring any baby mosquitoes. They also filter water that would otherwise carry contaminants down to the lake–and into our drinking supply.

Sound pretty great? Want to learn more? On Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at Kimbourne United Church, Toronto Region Conservation Authority experts are offering a workshop to discuss the latest developments in rain gardens, rain chains, rainwater storage, and permeable paving. Click here to register (the registration setup is a bit disorienting, but yes, it is free!).

Native Plant Sale at Artisans at Work – May 16 & 17

Don’t forget to vote in our #DECAgems contest! Click here for all the info, and please join us on Thursday at Hirut when we will announce the winner!! 

CareerFit Mom Karma, Salomon Sale & Photography Courses

During these dull, dreary days of January there is still alot happening in the Danforth East area to lighten your mood.  Read all about a local fitness offering, a pop-up outdoor gear sample sale and two photography workshops on the posters below.

Here is a note  from Beth of CareerFit Mom with more details on the Karma fitness classes:

Feel good through exercise while also doing good with your donation!  Try out a class, fit in a workout during our term turnaround and introduce others to CareerFit Mom classes, all while supporting a great cause!

I am hosting a selection of drop-in classes at oaks ‘n acorns between Jan. 21st and Jan. 31st. My team of instructors and I are donating our time to spread good health and happiness to you, our valued community of exercisers. All class proceeds will be donated to The Neighbourhood Centre which supports local families in need.

Please join us at these super fun workouts – Pay What You Can (suggested donation is $10 at the door) – Pre-Registration is Required and Space is Limited!  Register at www.oaksnacorns.com/karma-classes or call the studio to book (416.425.3213)

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 Salomon Sample Sale


Photography Workshops


Call for vendors, library talk and local t-shirts

Calls for Artists and Vendors – Artisans at Work

(check out Artisans at Work for more information)

Open Call
December’s monthly exhibition is open for anyone to display their artwork! Subject matter is open to anything! We are looking for all mediums. Please submit up to 3 pieces of artwork preferably as part of a series.

Artisans at Work hosts an opening every first friday of the month with a live band, cash bar and food provided by the showing artists. 

Vendor Call
December is also the season for craft shows at Artisans at Work. Every Sat & Sun in December, we will be opening our gallery up to guest artists for a craft show in the gallery! Applications accepted until spaces are filled! Join our craft show for 75$ a table.

Proposal Call for 2015
Artisans at Work is looking for proposals for 2015! Program a group/ solo exhibition with us for reasonable rates. Please submit your proposals at artisansatwork@yahoo.com.

To submit artwork: Please provide up to 3 images of your submissions (preferably a small series of similar works), and a short artist statement (up to 100 words). 

Library Talk – Wednesday, November 19

Come to the Danforth/Coxwell library on Wed Nov 19, 2014 for a talk on:

The Toronto Anti-Greek Riot of 1918: War, Intolerance and Identity
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
1675 Danforth Ave

The August 1918 anti-Greek riot, led by returning war veterans, was one of the largest instances of violence in Toronto’s history. This presentation by Chris Grafos (York University) charts the lasting legacy and broader consequences of intolerance towards Canada’s immigrants. Free. No registration required.

For more information, please call 416-393-7783.

Announcing…Neighbourhood Kids Clothing!

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Announcement from local entrepreneur Gary Sappleton…

After a year of working on weekends and evenings, we just launched our children’s apparel company called Neighbourhood Kids – which proudly celebrates children and neighbourhoods while donating 10% of our profits to the national charity, Breakfast for Learning. We are literally a Canadian ma and pa company and we live in the East Danforth.

Our T-shirts are carried by Silly Goose (who have featured us in one of their stunning window displays) and Fab Baby Gear on the West Danforth.

Please check out our neighbourhood collections at neighbourhoodkids.com

And the Danforth Dinosaur T-shirt can be found here: http://neighbourhoodkids.com/collections/toronto/products/danforth-dinosaurs

You can also get an idea of what we’re about via facebook: FB.com/NeighbourhoodKids, and Twitter: @NKclothing

Upcoming DECA Events – Posters coming soon!

DECA’s AGM will be on November 24 from 6:30-9:30 at Hirut.


DECA’s 3rd Annual Festival of Lights at East Lynn Park will be held from 4:00-6:00pm on November 29.

Art: Battle and Summer Camp Special

Attention Artists!

Art Battle – May 10, 2014 at 7:00pm
A message from Artisans at Work

We are happy to invite you to paint in Art Battle Day! 16 artists have 20 minutes to finish a painting of their choice, in acrylic. The public decides who wins! Licensed bar, music, fun! It is amazing to see what they come up with. Winners of each round go on to battle in a finale. Winner gets $200 prize, and goes on to compete nationally!

Saturday May 10th, 7pm at Artisans At Work, 2071 Danforth Avenue.

1. In order to ensure your spot in the competition, please reply to this email confirming your availability as soon as possible. Once you have confirmed we will announce your participation. Email Tara at artisansatwork@yahoo.com.

2. Please arrive for 6:30pm and doors will open to the public at 7pm.

3. FAQ: For questions about allowed materials, painting sales, guests, competition rules, and other frequently asked questions please visit www.artbattle.ca/artist-FAQ

4. Please invite your friends. The more people who come, the more exciting the event is! And don’t forget – audience vote decides the winner, so it’s good to have some support. Invite your friends through the official ABD facebook event.

5. Use social media! Interact with us online and we will do our best to promote you to our audience. We invite you to post practice pictures before the event to social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) and tag them.
Hashtag: #artbattle
Facebook: www.facebook.com/artbattlecanada
Twitter: @artbattlecanada
Instagram: @artbattle

6. Quick questions:
Tell us a bit more about you, and we can share your story with our audience – both on the night of the event, and in advance in national promotions.

What do you love about painting?
What is the best part of being an artist?
Why is art important to you?

7. Photography and ownership of artworks: By participating in Art Battle, you agree to let us use photographs of you and/or your work at the event for promotional purposes. Paintings created at Art Battle are the property of Art Battle Canada Inc. and painters will receive 50% of total auction sales. Photographs of your work may be used for promotional purposes and for historical documentation. We will NOT sell reproductions of your work without your written permission.

See you at Artisans At Work, (2071 Danforth) on Art Battle Day, May 10th at 6:30PM!
website: www.artisans-at-work.com

Thanks for painting with us,
Tara Shelton, Artisans At Work
…and the whole Art Battle Canada Team

Summer Camps at Colour Creative – Early Bird Special!

As the never-ending winter finally gives way to spring, it’s nice to think that summer really is just a few weeks away!  Here is some summer camp news from Colour Creative.  Andria the owner advises that she’s running an early bird special from April 13th – May 13th –  $50.00 off full day and $25.00 off half day registrations. She is also offering sibling and multiple week discounts! Email colourcreativearts@gmail.com for more information.


Don’t forget that the Early Bird special for the Danforth East Arts Fair is fast-approaching – April 13, 2014. Check out this post for all the details.